PDX Inc, Scrum master
April 2009 - Present, Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Managed and led high visibility product customization project using Agile/Lean methodologies and multiple work stream teams, Leveraged SharePoint for project team communication and as a document repository.
Worked with PMO on staffing allocation for projects, provided input and feedback, collected and analyzed program/project metrics data.
Developed and maintained an appropriate release plan used as the basis for monitoring, and coordinating the work required to deliver the solution to module requirements.
Collaboratively built Product Backlog with the Product Owner and the team, Tracked project dependencies/Issues outside of the project team’s control.
Held team members accountable for tasks, set clear performance standards, resolve performance issues, keep team engaged, focused and on track.
Removed organizational blocks that the team is not able to resolve by themselves and escalated as necessary to Engagement Manager.
Controlled Project Schedules and updated Portal information (Status Report, Issues and Risks, Assumptions, Milestones, Project Metrics Data, Change and Schedule Management).
Oversaw the product development in Sprints (scrum of scrums) by attending daily stand-ups and removing impediments/noise.
Reported team progress by burn-up, burn-down charts, dashboards, velocity reporting and sprint and release progress, organized, facilitated and led showcase/demo, retrospective, sprint and release planning sessions.
Encouraged teams to use XP practices like TDD, Unit testing, refactoring, pair programming and automated testing, continuous integration etc.
Educated and mentored the teams in effective adoption and use of agile principles and practices, and defined user and quality management guidelines.
Introduced the concept of PIG Meetings (Principal Interaction Gateway) in the scrums to foster growth and team work among the team.
Introduced the concept of dry run which is an in house sprint review as and when the user story is said to be done.
Worked with the release management on the client side for smooth Go-Live and a better issue resolution for the team.
Helped in setting up a process of supporting the team with the operations and business on the client side by setting up an operating manual for quicker issue resolution.
Travelled across the world to train and facilitate quick knowledge transfer both ways and be a bridge between the business and the delivery streams.
BNSF Railways, Project Lead/Onsite Coordinator
August 2008 - March 2009, Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Adhered to Traditional Project Management methodologies by leveraging and promoting the use of existing tools, capturing best practices, and identifying areas for process improvement.
Led cross-functional team in executing assigned projects and coordinating the efforts of internal and external project team members.
Responsible for the design, development and implementation of various releases for the application based on the service-oriented architecture.
Participated in design and development of the object Model and Requirement Elicitation Phase
Involved in the design and implementation of various J2EE design patterns like Session façade, Transfer Object, Data Access Objects, Composite Entity and Dependency Injection in the application. Also extensively used GoF Patterns such as Abstract Factory, Façade, Singleton, and logging, and environment settings of the application, among others.
Participated in redesigning the application based on SOA architecture using Spring Framework and Hibernate.
Reviewed, monitored, and evaluated all Change Requests against initial completion criteria to advocate quality, and Communicated to the development team and monitored progress.
Coordinated distributed project teams of 7-9 resources using onsite-offshore delivery model .
Contributed in quality assurance program of organization, metrics data collection, analysis, and report generation.
Acted as a mentor for the junior developers, to cultivate the team to be capable of supporting and extending the system.
Infosys Technologies Limited, Module Lead
June 2006 - August 2008, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India
Bekins Van Lines
Module Lead ( Pricing Engine)
Led a team of 9 people for delivering the Pricing module.
Offshore lead for delivery of the entire application.
Involved in Data Modeling, High Level and Detailed Level Design
Conducted joint application design sessions (JAD), documented requirements using use cases, swim lane, and sequence diagrams
Utilized PMO Best Practices for Risk Management, Change Control, Defect Reporting, Tracking, and Project Status Reporting
Involved in the design and implementation of various J2EE design patterns like Session façade, Transfer Object, Data Access Objects in the application. Also extensively used GoF Patterns such as Abstract Factory, Façade, Singleton, and Mediator for XML generation, logging, and environment settings of the application, among others.
Supervised development team and UAT to ensure that the applications adhered to project standards, performance criteria and functional specifications.
Resolved critical testing issues by facilitating adhoc meetings with developers, business analysts and QA managers.
Reviewed architecture and system designs, technical & reference manuals and prepared standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Followed agile development practices like continuous integration, Unit Testing and Pair Programming.